Our dedicated test facilities provide safe and reliable testing environments for new and modified technology within the rail industry
We own and operate two Rail Innovation & Development Centres (RIDCs) in Britain, one in Melton Mowbray in Leicestershire and the other in Tuxford in Nottinghamshire. We are the lead for the UKRRIN Centre of Excellence in Testing. The team that runs these RIDCs is part of our Safety, Technical and Engineering directorate.
These two test facilities are strategically very important because they provide a safe environment where new and modified rolling stock, plant, on-track machines, infrastructure, equipment and technology can be tested – either by us or the rail industry. These facilities are also available for training.
Safe and reliable testing at our RIDCs
RIDC Melton and RIDC Tuxford both closely represent the operational railway and include many characteristics found across our national network, making them a safe and reliable testing environment for the railway of the future.